APPEND d:path[;[d:]path...] [/parm] Locates files outside current directory Parms Function ----- ------------------------------------------------------------------- /X Processes SEARCH FIRST,FIND FIRST, and EXEC functions. Must issue APPEND before using BACKUP or RESTORE. /E Keeps APPEND paths in the DOS environment APPEND + Locating Application Files Searches a specified path to locate files outside of the current directory that have extensions other than .COM, .EXE, or .BAT. VERSION PC-DOS 3.3 TYPE External/Internal SYNTAX To load: [d:][path] APPEND sd:spath [;[sd:]spath . . .] or [d:][path] APPEND [E] After loading: APPEND sd:spath [;[sd:]spath . . .] or APPEND[;] OPTIONS [d:][path] Specifies the drive letter and path that contain the APPEND command. sd:spath Specifies the drive letter and path to search. Paths cannot be specified the first time the APPEND command is invoked if either the /X or /E parameter is used. ; Separates APPEND paths; without another parameter, cancels the APPEND list. /X Processes functions that require file searches (such as COMP) or DOS commands. /E Searches the DOS environment each time the command is issued. Specifically, /E causes the APPEND path to be stored in the environment, and searched for there. APPEND allows you to store application programs on a hard disk so that you can run them without changing to the directory that contains them. APPEND is useful with programs that need to find overlays, such as help files. Otherwise, the PATH command suffices. EXAMPLES APPEND X loads APPEND, specifying that the environment be searched for the APPEND string each time APPEND is used (for example, to see if it has been changed with the SET command) and that file-searching and executive functions operate. After APPEND is loaded, the command APPEND C:\PROGS specifies that all programs stored in the directory named PROGS can be used as if they were in the current directory. MESSAGES APPEND already installed The APPEND command is already internal. Issue the command without a path name preceding it so that the internal version will be used. APPEND / ASSIGN conflict The APPEND command must be loaded before you load ASSIGN. APPEND / TopView conflict TopView must be loaded after APPEND. Exit from TopView and reload APPEND before attempting to reenter TopView. Incorrect APPEND version You are using a version of APPEND that does not match the version you first loaded. Check your PATH setting and change the path to locate the correct APPEND version. Invalid path or file name You specified a name that does not exist. Check the name and try again. Invalid path or parameter You specified a path name as well as the /X andE options. The /X and /E options can only be specified the first time you use APPEND and cannot be used with a path name. No Append APPEND is not currently in effect; it was previously issued with ; as the append path. UNDO Issue the command APPEND ; to cancel the APPEND list. NOTES APPEND must be loaded before you load any application programs that you wish to use without changing directories. Once APPEND has been loaded, it becomes an internal command, and you do not have to enter a path before the APPEND command. The /X and /E options can be used only the first time you use APPEND. If you are not specifying the /X or /E options, you may specify the APPEND search path at the same time that you load APPEND. Do not use the /E option if you have loaded a second command processor. Also, /X is not recommended for use with BACKUP and can give misleading results with DIR and TREE. If you have loaded APPEND with the /X option, you must reset the APPEND path by using the ; option before using BACKUP and RESTORE. You can append as many directories as can be specified within 128 characters. The directory you specify in the search path is searched first, followed by the rest of the specified directories. If you do not specify a directory, the current directory is searched. Appended directories may be local or remote. ------------------------------------------------------------------ [For related topics, press R] SEE ALSO ASSIGN Command BACKUP Command COMP Command PATH Command RESTORE Command SET Command TREE Command
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